ISIS captured 2,300 humvees when they captured Mosul in 2014. The estimated cost of the equipment was $579 million.
The Lebanon Daily Star reported:
Iraqi security forces lost 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles when ISIS overran the northern city of Mosul, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday.
“In the collapse of Mosul, we lost a lot of weapons,” Abadi said in an interview with Iraqiya state TV. “We lost 2,300 Humvees in Mosul alone.”
While the exact price of the vehicles varies depending on how they are armored and equipped, it is clearly a hugely expensive loss that has boosted ISIS’s capabilities.
Last year, the State Department approved a possible sale to Iraq of 1,000 Humvees with increased armor, machineguns, grenade launchers, other gear and support that was estimated to cost $579 million.
Clashes began in Mosul, Iraq’s second city, late on June 9, 2014, and Iraqi forces lost it the following day to ISIS, which spearheaded an offensive that overran much of the country’s Sunni Arab heartland.
The militants gained ample arms, ammunition and other equipment when multiple Iraqi divisions fell apart in the country’s north, abandoning gear and shedding uniforms in their haste to flee.
ISIS moved a truckload of captured US Humvees out of Iraq to Syria after they captured Mosul.
ISIS thought this was hilarious.
Some of ghanima from mosul pic.twitter.com/1ljrIxhOCt
— Jazrawi_Camel (@Jazrawi_Camel) May 31, 2015